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dallasmae

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  • A New World: Chaos (Book 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John O'Brien
    • Narrated By Christopher John Fetherolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (85)

    Jack, a sometimes humorous, sometimes philosophical ex-special operations pilot and soldier is one of the few left to struggle through the desolation left in the aftermath; seeking to survive as a new ferocious species emerges from the rubble, hungry and unrelenting. Will his special-forces training be enough? Will he be able to keep his children safe and guide the few survivors through perils that now roam the world they once knew? Or will the hordes that now own the night prevail, forever removing the last of mankind from existence?

    Amazon Customer says: "Please stop with the sound effects!"
    "total waste of a credit."
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    This is truly the worst audio book I have ever tried to listen to. Yes the narration is that bad. I tried the sample and thought I could endure but the sample is tolerable. I could not get past the third chapter. Don't waste your money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9979)
    Performance
    (9284)
    Story
    (9285)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "If yor're a video gamer"
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    Any additional comments?

    Now I bought this because a review said it was "so much more than a book about a video game". Well let me tell you it's all about a video game or at least 99.5% of it is. It is entertaining. It is however the standard teen boy beats everyone and is very predictable. If you are looking for a tech book with life mixed in by equal doses don't miss Deamon and Freedom. I was disappointed with this book but I'm not a teen boy and don't get wrapped around the ankles with video games. My trash is obviously many other peoples treasure.

    The character development is good but the plot is too much like Deamon but heavier emphasis on the "game". Enjoy if you like this sort of thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The FREE 8-Chapter Sampler of Sand

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 23 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Karen Chilton
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (104)

    The old world is buried. A new one has been forged atop the shifting dunes. Here in this land of howling wind and infernal sand, four siblings find themselves scattered and lost. Their father was a sand diver, one of the elite few who could travel deep beneath the desert floor and bring up the relics and scraps that keep their people alive. But their father is gone. And the world he left behind might be next.

    Amazon Customer says: "Wow what an imagination"
    "Wow what an imagination"
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    I was thrilled to see this sample released while we wait for the final release date. As usual Hugh Howey has an imagination that won't quit and is only matched by his writing talent.

    We begin in the sands with two young inexperienced sand divers; yes they dive into sand. Just wait till you hear how they do it. Certainly it is their youth and inexperience that tempers their common sense to work for nefarious characters on a quest to discover Danvar. As they pay a price for their mistake, and we don't yet know the whole cost of their foolishness, this sample leaves you counting the days till the whole audio book is released. I'm crossing my fingers that I don't buckle and buy the book; this will be a wonderful listening adventure. I'm confident this will rate right up there with WOOL.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dead of Night: A Zombie Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (383)

    A prison doctor injects a condemned serial killer with a formula designed to keep his consciousness awake while his body rots in the grave. But all drugs have unforeseen side-effects. Before he can be buried, the killer wakes up. Hungry. Infected. Contagious. This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang… but a bite.

    Mike Naka says: "pretty good zombie story"
    "Once upon a time"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I only gave this book 2 stars because for the first time in my experience the narration was so bad I think it may have colored my opinion of the story. If you have ever heard someone reading a book to a group of children, you know, the really animated reading that stresses many words to add entertainment to the book, that is what this is like. It's a bizarre mix of a goory story with little kid narration, I couldn't take it. I had to skip some parts when it became too annoying. I'm usually not that critical of narration but it so reminded me of little kids books that I found myself rolling my eyes at the over inflection moments of which there are far far too many.

    The story takes an unnecessary time getting started so you may want to ship the first 25%. The rest is, well, painfully cliché.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (2889)
    Performance
    (2700)
    Story
    (2710)

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Teddy says: "Hooked!"
    "You should know what your getting yourself into"
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    Ok, confession, I did buy 5 of the fallout books. Here is what you need to know. If you are looking for a realistic scary what if (insert any Pandemic) were to happen, this is not it. It is however entertaining, funny and you can get sucked into the story, but if you do you should know the Talbot books go on forever. I purchased the first series except for book 5. You could dump $100 into these easy. It can be quite slapstick and toward the end books some wacky and convoluted stuff develops because of course the story must go on and you must part with more $. It's not worth the credit unless you can find nothing else you're interested in. The narrator does a great job and is perfect for the Talbot character. The story is between ok and well, silly. But if you're looking for a lighter zombie story (except for book 5 which apparently is gory) this is for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2026)
    Performance
    (1348)
    Story
    (1367)

    For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

    Owl says: "Timely, beautiful, terrible and haunting"
    "You are there, in 14th century England"
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    The book is a little slow on the uptake but once you get into the crisis on both sides of the time warp, the description is so good, you're there. If you interested in the plague and what it could have possibly been like this will hold your attention. The book made me think more about it not necessarily taking out one third of the population but some cities, everyone and some cities, barely touched. Throw in a little twist of another plague taking place while your back in 1348 and well, it's scary no matter where you are. Admittedly the British accent takes a bit of getting used to but worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Feed: The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mira Grant
    • Narrated By Paula Christensen, Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (902)
    Performance
    (702)
    Story
    (692)

    The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.

    susan says: "I laughed, I cried..."
    "I'm baffeled"
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    What would have made Feed better?

    Well losing the California girl dialect would be like awesome.


    What was most disappointing about Mira Grant’s story?

    The story doesn't make sense. The zombies are attracted by noise and hunt in packs yet the millions never seem to go after the population centers. There is no fear; the dead are something to go poke and play with. The remaining humans go on pretty much as usual. All institutions are in tact, government is still up and running, power is good, resources available.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator sounded ditsy like a 17 yr old California totally dialect with such strong pronunciation of s's it was painful to listen to.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I shook my head that a book I thought was so fully bad got the ratings it did.


    Any additional comments?

    Waste of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (5298)
    Performance
    (3562)
    Story
    (3572)

    The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

    Steve says: "Good but Too Short!"
    "Needs to be unabriged"
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    At this risk of sounding redundant, this really needs to be unabriged. The book is different from most silly zombie books. The story is told as a collection of experiences from the time of the outbreak. Surprisingly in a much more realistic way. I've always wondered why in the zombie books the army is overrun when your foe is predictable. This book is almost a 'what if' something along these lines happened (go ahead, stretch your imagination) how would, how could it be handled. The characters are very real, human and couragous. The experiences are very realistic. You'll find yourself saying, yeah I can see that happening. The performances are very good, Allan Alda is the cherry on top. It's worth the credit though they have seriously injured the book by the abridgment of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gina Kolata
    • Narrated By Gina Kolata
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (42)

    Feeling feverish, tired, or achy? Listening to Gina Kolata's engrossing account of the 1918 Influenza epidemic is sure to give you the chills. A gripping work of science writing, Flu addresses the prospects for a great epidemic recurring, and considers what can be done to prevent it.

    L. says: "Disappointed"
    "Fascinating"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book, entertaining as well as informative. It covers the very real tragic episode of the 1918 influenza. Told in stories of individuals and the famlies. It goes on to explain some recent scares and why there was so much concern. There is a great story of the quest for the virus that caused the 1918 episode, found only recently. Loved it. I highly recommend the book for it's contents but the narrartor is terrible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Decision

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2614)
    Performance
    (2337)
    Story
    (2343)

    Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

    Madeleine says: "What's that droning sound?"
    "Talented writer"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    While I think this writer is very talented his best work was Deamon and Freedom. Kill Decision explores software and weapons gone awry. Just who controls those weapons anyhow. You'll have to read the book to discover how twisted things can get.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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